FOOD CRISIS: Mass murder? Genocide? Ultimate Weapon?

UN envoy: Food price rises are ‘mass murder’ – Reuters 4/20/08

Food: the ultimate weapon of the ruling elite – CreativeI 4/17/08

Is it Genocide? Crisis in food prices threaten worldwide starvation – Global Research 4/24/08

Global Food Crisis: The Fury of the Poor – Der Spiegel, Germany 4/14/08

“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control people.” – Kissinger

Kissinger’s 1974 plan for food control genocide – TehranTimes 3/18/08

EXCERPT: “On Dec. 10, 1974, the U.S. National Security Council under Henry Kissinger completed a classified 200-page study, “National Security Study Memorandum 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests.” The study falsely claimed that population growth in the so-called Lesser Developed Countries – LDCs was a grave threat to U.S. national security. Adopted as official policy in November 1975 by President Gerald Ford, NSSM 200 outlined a covert plan to reduce population growth in those countries through birth control, and also, implicitly, war and famine. Brent Scowcroft, who had by then replaced Kissinger as national security adviser – the same post Scowcroft was to hold in the Bush administration, was put in charge of implementing the plan. CIA Director George Bush was ordered to assist Scowcroft, as were the secretaries of state, treasury, defense, and agriculture. “

Hunger on the March – via BitOfNews 2/25/08

“We march on starvation, we march against death,

we’re ragged, we’ve nothing but body and breath;

From north and from south, from east and from west

the army of hunger is marching.” – Hunger Marcher’s song, 1932

“Empty is the cupboard, no pillow for the head,
we are the hunger children, who cry for milk and bread.
We are the hunger children, who cry for milk and bread.
We are the worker’s children, who must, who must be fed.” – song that was sang by children at the gates of the White House, Thanksgiving Day, 1932, shortly before they were arrested

“They’ll red-cross all the sick and maimed,
They’ll wooden-cross all those who fall,
They’ll iron-cross the hero guys,
and double-cross us all.” – sung by the Bonus Marchers

Manufacturing a Food Crisis – Alternet 5/23/08

EXCERPT: “Once regarded as relics of the pre-industrial era, peasants are now leading the opposition to a capitalist industrial agriculture that would consign them to the dustbin of history. They have become what Karl Marx described as a politically conscious “class for itself,” contradicting his predictions about their demise. With the global food crisis, they are moving to center stage — and they have allies and supporters. For as peasants refuse to go gently into that good night and fight de-peasantization, developments in the twenty-first century are revealing the panacea of globalized capitalist industrial agriculture to be a nightmare. With environmental crises multiplying, the social dysfunctions of urban-industrial life piling up and industrialized agriculture creating greater food insecurity, the farmers’ movement increasingly has relevance not only to peasants but to everyone threatened by the catastrophic consequences of global capital’s vision for organizing production, community and life itself.”

How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back – Alternet 5/14/08

EXCERPT: “Today, interest in local and organic vegetables and meats has burgeoned into a sophisticated revolution, with organic sales growing by 20 percent each year and farmers’ markets sprouting up in cities everywhere. This revolution draws on many motivations and historical tendencies, yet central to them all has been the desire of shoppers, cooks, and eaters to better know the provenance of their foods .By knowing more, these hopeful consumers aspire to both avoid and subvert the harmful aspects of the dominant food system, and — in the process — to find better-tasting, healthier fare. This movement of eaters remains small relative to America’s mammoth food economy, but already it has become a promising force toward reforming some of the most egregious excesses of modern industrial agriculture. In the final chapters, I will discuss this emerging trend of consumers striving to bring knowledge and stories of foods back into their kitchens and lives in new ways.”
“Ultimately, if our market-driven society is to build a healthier food system, we as consumers will need to recognize how our everyday choices affect the larger environment and, then, to forge a new and influential role for ourselves. In an age when farms and factories of food production seem impossibly remote from our dinner plates, history can sharpen our outlook with its perspective and its ironies, and remind us of the opportunity for change.”

Cargill: Key Player in Global Food Crisis – Global Research 5/14/08

Congress: Food crisis requires new green revolution – Reuters/Yahoo 5/14/08

Multinationals make billions in profit out of growing food crisis – Independent, UK 5/4/08

Latin American leaders in food price pact – BBC 4/24/08

EXCERPT: Summit host, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, said the food crisis was “the biggest demonstration of the historic failure of the capitalist model”. He told fellow leaders that they needed to create a distribution network “so we don’t fall into the hands of intermediaries and speculators, which stop millions from receiving food”

Food price jump blamed on speculation – Global Research 4/30/08

US, EU responsible for explosive food prices” – Global Research 4/30/08

Amid mounting food crisis, governments fear revolution of the hungry – Global Research 4/30/08

Thailand proposes rice cartel idea – CNN 5/2/08

The US role in Haiti’s Hunger Riots – Dissident Voice 4/22/08

Financial speculators reap profit from global hunger – Global Research 4/24/08

Wall Street Journal advocates food hoarding – 4/21/08

Wheat crop failures could be total – MoneyNews 4/24/08

Rice, death and the dollar – Asia Times 4/22/08

How to Solve the Global Food Crisis – BBC 4/25/08

Hint: There’s enough food; it’s a matter of distribution.

Food Rationing Confronts the Breadbasket of the World – NYSun 4/21/08

The End of Cheap Food and Era of Food Shortages – Agonist 4/18/08

The Hidden Battle to Control the World’s Food Supply – Alternet 4/19/08

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Hole in the Middle: to make local farms more accessible, we need to revive mid-sized farms – Grist 4/18/08

The looming global food shortage – Jamaica Gleaner 3/20/08

IMF head warns about food prices – AP/Yahoo 4/13/08

Grocery Store Prices for 14 Items in 1957 – HowStuffWorks

Expect food prices to keep rising – USA Today 2/21/08

EXCERPT: “Consumer food prices are expected to rise 3.0% to 4.0% this year after a 4.0% gain in 2007, said USDA Chief Economist Joseph Glauber at the U.S. Agriculture Department’s annual outlook conference.

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